Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida State College Goes Overboard on Its Pay Raises

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida State College Goes Overboard on Its Pay Raises

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Byline: Phil Fretz

As that great American philosopher Charlie Brown used to be fond of saying, "Good grief!"

How could any group of people - any person, for that matter - be as out of touch as Florida State College at Jacksonville's trustees?

The board is giving raises to 30 senior administrators and staffers. And we aren't talking nickel-and-dime stuff, either.

One guy's pay is going from $145,344 to $189,960, over two years. Another person's pay will jump from $127,128 to $163,584.

In all, 30 people will get $300,000 in raises - an average of $10,000 each - according to a Times-Union article.

And, by the way, did I mention that tuition is going up 8 percent? That, too, was the board's decision.

Folks, this is Robin Hood in reverse ... taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

"Wait a minute," you say. "FSCJ officials insist the increases are needed to help recruit and retain good people."

Uh-huh. ... My guess is that there are plenty of capable people willing to work for what the college pays now.

Doesn't it seem a bit callous to dole out hefty raises with tuition shooting through the roof?

Look, these are tough times.

A lot of people are out of work, with no job prospects in sight. Of those lucky enough to have a job, some are accepting pay cuts, furloughs and loss of retirement benefits as a condition for keeping them.

That would be people in the private sector - not those who work for government, of course.

Hey, I have a great idea!

Drop the raises. Instead, give rebates to struggling students who are paying their tuition all by themselves ... without any scholarships or grants.

They need the money a lot more than the people who are getting it.

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